The Rustin Chronicles: Part 1 - funny moments from the past 4 years

It’s fact that kids say the darnedest things. I’ve heard so many parents say “Oh the stories I could tell!” however after too many years it’s harder to remember the details or the “punch line” to those funny kid stories and moments. I wanted to make a point to document all the wittiness and are-you-serious moments of my son, so often I would tap away on my phone saving all the too-good moments in my notes. I’m sure when she gets past her “mama mam mam mamaaa mama” phase, I will journal my daughters comic relief also.

In lieu of my son turning 4 today, I thought I would blog these sad and amusing stories for current laughs and future (embarrassment)? If he’s anything like his daddy (and he very much is) there won’t be any embarrassment anyway so. Without further ado, happy birthday my sweet bird! We love you bunches!

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the beginning of year four.

July 9, 2017

So picture this.... Rustin has literally been following me everywhere today. If I went into the kitchen/livingroom he'd come chasing after me with his super fast and awkward crawl. If I opened a door in the hallway he'd come firing down trying to get into the room before I came back out and shut the door. So I got out my Swiffer Wetjet to mop the kitchen, walked into the kitchen, sprayed the floor and start to mop. My little tagalog sat in the doorway of the kitchen for a minute watching. He then picked up and hauled with his speedy, awkward crawl towards my newly mopped floor. Needless to say, the second his hands and knees hit the wet floor he literally (I kid you not) slid across the kitchen. Y'all, I can't breathe. My almost 10-month-old just had his first slip-n-slide experience. 😂

March 28, 2018

Here are some stories for you.... This right here is the most meticulous little man I have ever met. While he does get really angry at his trucks, tractors, and train track (and has thrown them all across the room before haha), most of the time he crawls over his train track real a careful like and drives his train around it like he’s supposed to. Sometimes he and Riley eat noodles in the recliner and Riley will take a little piece of cheese and set it on the arm of the chair while Rustin’s not looking. When Rustin sees it he picks it back up and put it in the bowl where it’s supposed to go. Repeatedly. Today while I was washing dishes I accidentally splashed some water on the floor. He grabbed this towel and mopped water up off the floor.... then he walked to the dryer, opened the door, threw the towel in and slammed the door shut. 😳 He opened the door and did the same thing two or three more times making sure that towel was staying there I guess haha. I’ll be the first to say that he drives me crazy sometimes but oh my gosh, he is the smartest little person! And don’t bash me, this is not me saying that I want him to grow up super fast, but I will say I am excited to see the young man that he continues to grow into. I’m so proud of him. 💙

September 4, 2018

Yesterday, Rustin and I were at Walmart and a older lady came walking by and said “Well hey there cutie!” smiled and waved at him. Much to my surprise, instead of his normal sweet “Hi” in return, I’m pretty sure the exorcist came out of him and he practically barked at her.

It was that moment, that I’m pretty sure a little bit of my father came out in me.

October 30, 2018

A week ago I was the mommy of a sweet two-year-old who loved going to Walmart and his response to most yes/no questions was: “Yeea-uhh.” Today I’m the mother a teenager who screams and carries on in the store and his reply to everything is a very abrupt: “Yep.” 😳 What the heck. 🤦🏻‍♀️

February 21, 2019

I shouldn’t laugh at this because as a mommy it hurts my heart and it’s sad to see him hurt.... but his reactions are so funny sometimes. Rustin has the worst growing pains and muscle cramps, like he even cries sometimes because his legs hurt so bad. Well he just had a really bad foot cramp and was really upset and I said, “Do you need help? Come here I’ll rub it.” So he tried to get up and his little toes were all pointed and as he limped over to me fussing he said, “It’s ‘tuck (stuck).” Poor kid. I had to tell him what it was and he said, “foot c’amp?” I could probably have a story from every single day this boy is so funny. Hopefully this growing spurt #73638385 will be over soon.

March 16, 2019

Y’all I could seriously post a story about my boy child every single day.

I had to go to Old Navy to return something and Rustin kept messing with the keypad at checkout. The little cashier girl asked him if he wanted a balloon and he very enthusiastically said “Yes!!” She went back to grab a balloon and fill it up and he let out a very excited squeal and said “Yes, let’s do it’!” 😂 And then he told her thank you about 50,000 times after she gave him the balloon.

Needless to say his joyful heart definitely brings joy to me, Riley and probably lots of other people that don’t even know him. 💙

March 26, 2019

Your Daily Rustinism:

This morning we told Rustin to sit on the stool in the kitchen so he’d stop running through the mess on the floor that Riley was trying to sweep up. So he jumps up on the stool and sighs and exclaims: “Kee me!!” Which after half a dozen repeats at our request we realized he was saying: “You’re killing me!”

......we aren’t going to say who he got that from. 🙋🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

June 28, 2019

Took a sprinkler to the face trying to untangle the water hose. It was the best 3 seconds of my toddlers life when I screamed and ran away ‘cause it was so freakin cold. You should have heard his wicked laughter. 😆

August 1, 2019

When I was little we had a neighbor that used to tell us / his grandkids whenever we fell or something to “Come over here and I’ll help you get up.”

I now have an almost 3-year-old that when he falls and dramatically cries “Help me!” I say “Come over here and I’ll help you get up.”

And I wish I was joking when I tell you that he seriously stops whining / crying and stands up, walks to my feet, falls over again and says hollers “Help me!”

Oooo the drama!! 🤦🏻‍♀️😆

August 3, 2019

Of all the moments that Rustin has, sometimes he is also incredibly sweet. I’m not really sure where he gets half of the stuff either. I had Elsie laying in her crib earlier today and he came over and pulled himself up on the rails on the side of her bed (which he’s not supposed to do). But he peeked into her crib, saw her laying there and said “You’re my best friend!” Cue the warm fuzzies. I hope he feels like that about her forever.

August 6, 2019

I’m like 95% sure that I just watched my toddler walk up to his sister (who is laying on her play mat), take his thumb and wipe it across her forehead in slow-mo and whisper: “Simmmmmmbaaaaaahhh.”

🦁 #ExcuseMeWhileIGoDie 😂

August 19, 2019

Some days I can’t handle this kid. 😆 Since this “interview” below, he has head-butted me on the cheek bone so hard that I cried and then he sat there with me and said “Let me see it...... it be okay.... daddy come home and it be all better.” He’s the definition of a mess haha. 💙



Whats your name? “Rustin.”


How old are you? “Two fingers.”


What’s your favorite color? “Red.”


What’s your favorite food? “Rice!”


Who is your best friend? “Elsie.” (Yes, he said this)


What is your favorite song? *Sings Mickey Mouse clubhouse*


What’s your favorite show? “Wall-E.” (That’s a movie, but okay)


What’s your favorite animal? “Lion King.” (Haha)


What are you scared of? “Dinosaurs?” (A creepy Dino dragon toy really freaked him out this weekend.)


What makes you happy? “Daddy makes me happy!” (Thanks kid - I gave you LIFE! Haha)


Where is your favorite place to go? “To Walmart.” 😂


What do you want to be when you grow up? *Makes thinking noises*


What does love mean? “Mama.” (Okay, he may have just redeemed himself lol 😆 and now I feel all fuzzy inside.)

August 30, 2019

I’m trying to figure out all of the things for Rustin’s 3rd (wow) birthday party. We were talking about it and he said wanted to go pick up his birthday and put it in the car in the back seat haha. Oh child. 💙

November 25, 2019

I bought Rustin those alphabet magnets for the refrigerator. Well this morning he put his back on the refrigerator and said: “I’ll buy an A!” Then he turned around and moved a bunch of the magnets around. I believe we watch Wheel of Fortune way too much.

December 5, 2019

Me: “Rustin, am I good mommy?”

Rustin: “No.”

Me: “Why?”

Rustin: “Cause you don’t listen.”


December 10, 2019

*Dramatically bawling his eyes out over nothing

Me: “Rustin stop crying.”

Rustin: “Anybody can cry!!”

February 17, 2020


Rustin: “Mama, thanks for understandin’ me.”

Me: “What?” (All parents everywhere, yes I know that was not the right answer.🤦🏻‍♀️)

Rustin: (patting his chest) “Thanks for makin my heart feel better........ just say ‘welcome’.”

Me: Welcome? 😳

February 17, 2020

Me: “Here buddy sit here and eat these Cheerios, I have to go downstairs and work out.”

Rustin: “Workout? So you can be big and strong?”

Me: “Yeah buddy, something like that.”

Rustin: “Big and strong.... Not like you. Like me?”

—😳🤦🏻‍♀️Sure kiddo haha.

February 26, 2020

Rustin went to AWANA tonight and I’m talking to him about it. He’s like the biggest kid in the whole class of course so I’m kind of worried about him bossing kids around and kind of being mean. Well I asked him what he did to a certain little kid tonight and he says: “What kid?” I responded the little boy in your class tonight. He held up his fingers and replied, “You mean that little bitty tiny boy?”


March 4, 2020

Conversations with Rustin — Part I —

Driving home from AWANA, we were talking about Rustin getting married (don’t ask me how that got started) and I said that his wife will be really sweet. He said “I’ll have a wife??” and I said yes. And he said “When I’m bigger?” and I said “Yes, definitely when you’re bigger you will have a wife.” To which he giggles and says “And I’ll have a beard!!!! And it will be hilarious!!” I said “Yeah sure you’ll have a beard too, if that’s what you want.” He makes a really silly fish face expression and said “Ill have a beard be on my chin... it’ll be the itchy faanngggs (things)!!”

April 5, 2020

Riley and Rustin are sitting in the truck because Riley is trying to install a new radio. Rustin was piddling around and found a bottle of hand sanitizer on the floorboard, “Daddy is this yours?”

Rustin’s been messing with everything lately (you know, threenager life), so trying to tone down his frustration, Riley replied, “Yes buddy.”

Rustin’s reaction was hardly anything you could get ill over when he exclaimed, “Soapitizer!”